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Christmasy Holiday thoughts and recipe links

December 8, 2016

Well, I took a bit of a break from food blogging this summer and fall as we moved all over the country working on new business plans and new life plans. With many new projects on the go now, I've feeling very lucky to be able to come home to Vancouver Island for the winter, as well as coming bac…

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Nourish Cookbook Review and Blog Hop

May 4, 2016

It's nice to be back with another fresh new cookbook to review and this time the focus is on health and flavour with Nourish - Whole food recipes featuring seeds, nuts and beans.

The authors of this new Canadian cookbook, Nettie Cronish and Cara Rosenbloom, bonded over their shared love of co…

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Roadfood review - Sam's Eatery in Airdrie, Alberta

May 2, 2016

It's been a long month of driving as my husband and I zip back and forth across Western Canada by car to various business meetings and work projects. Our latest trip took us from British Columbia to Saskatoon, via Alberta. After many, many truck stop coffees and drive-thru plastic burgers and fr…

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Per La Famiglia Cookbook Review and Giveaway

March 22, 2016

It's time for another new Canada-wide simultaneous cookbook review, as myself and food bloggers across the country fill our kitchens with recipes from Per La Famiglia - Memories and Recipes of Southern Italian Home Cooking by Emily Richards.

Once you've read about my experience making Per La …

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DinnerPartyYVR is coming back to Vancouver

March 6, 2016

The biggest, boldest, most philanthropic dinner party is coming back to Vancouver on Saturday, April 9th, 2016 with the fourth annual DinnerPartyYVR. In just over a month, Vancouver hobby chefs will open their homes, kitchens and hearts to host a simultaneous dinner party taking place all across…

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Vodka-Soaked Tipsy Tomatoes

February 12, 2016

Happy Valentines Day! Here's an easy-to-make, three ingredient boozy tomato appetizer just in time for you to whip up a batch for your lover (or your fine self) this holiday weekend. However, I really think these vodka-soaked Tipsy Tomatoes work for lots of celebrations throughout the year - per…

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Korean women try American BBQ for the first time

February 9, 2016

This is my current favourite foodie video, can't get enough of these awesome Korean women trying three different kinds of American-style BBQ for the first time -  the noises of approval they make as they really start getting into the tasting experience are perfect.

Love their faces when they see…

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Windset Farms Recipe Round-Up

January 11, 2016

Happy 2016, all! I'm feeling optimistic about this year and looking forward to lots of great experimental cooking in the coming months. To start 2016 off right, I want to give a huge shout-out to Windset Farms and share my favourite Devour & Conquer Windset Recipes from the past year.

Windset…

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Beef-Stuffed Roasted Peppers with Tomato Butter Sauce

December 7, 2015

I'm all about roasting up tasty dinners during the winter months, and this hearty Beef-Stuffed Roasted Peppers with Tomato Butter Sauce dish is just the thing to warm up a cold winter evening.

This recipe uses one of my personal favourite sweet peppers - Windset Farms Crescendo Sweet Pointed …

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Butter Celebrates with Christmas Panettone, a Canadian Blog Hop and Giveaway

November 25, 2015

I've been excited about this day for a while now, because #ButterBakedBloggers are back with something new! There's a fresh cookbook bringing together everything sweet and butter-baked about holidays and celebrations throughout the year. Butter Celebrates! A Year of Sweet Recipes to Share with F…

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Candied Ginger & Lemon Peel for baking and garnishes

November 24, 2015

I've been making my own candied ginger for several years after realizing exactly how easy it is to make at home. For this holiday season, I wanted to bump up the flavour with a simple mixture of candied ginger and lemon peel to use in my holiday sweet breads and Christmas cakes. The mild spicine…

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Lazy Crock-Pot Mexican Chicken and Peppers

November 11, 2015

It's getting colder, darker and stormier out here on the west coast as the November chill sets in, and I'm currently all about easy-to-make meals that slow-simmer until dinner time. This recipe for Lazy Crock-Pot Mexican Chicken & Peppers is just the thing to pre-set to slow cook for hours to wa…

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Spanish Chorizo and Mushroom Tapas with Mushrooms Canada

November 4, 2015

I'm happy to back as a guest blogger this month with Mushrooms Canada, focusing on the classic mushroom we all know and love -the white button mushroom. I'm taking this simple mushroom and transforming it into a Spanish-inspired tapas using chorizo sausage, inspired by the colours of autumn and th…

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Halloween Meringue Bones & Ghoulish Lime Curd Dip

October 28, 2015

Ah Halloween, one of my favourite holidays - I love it all, the costumes, the adorable kids running around, and the terrifyingly delicious food, of course. This year I've created a simple to make recipe for Halloween Meringue Bones with a Ghoulish Lime Curd dip.

These two recipes pair togethe…

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Roasted Tomato Bread Cornucopia

October 9, 2015

I've been busy with some exciting life and food projects lately, but it's great to be back to share a fun Thanksgiving edible centerpiece recipe - Roasted Tomato Bread Cornucopia or Horn of Plenty. I've always loved seeing Cornucopias on Thanksgiving buffet tables, symbol of abundance and prospe…

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Savoury Tomato Mozzarella S'mores

September 4, 2015

Summer's coming to an end (sigh), but there's still one more weekend of celebrating to be had, so why not end off Summer 2015 right with some Savoury S'mores? Perfect for the campfire or barbeque, this recipe is a fun alternative to the classic sticky-sweet marshmallow S'more, instead using tiny…

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The Canning Kitchen Cookbook Review

August 25, 2015

It's time for another cookbook review and today it's all about empowering you to embrace the art of small batch canning. I'm joining a great group of food bloggers from across Canada as we try recipes from The Canning Kitchen by Amy Bronee and share our experiences working with this new canning …

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Fresh Tomato and Sweet Bell Pepper Salsa

August 19, 2015

We're well into summer now and it's a great time to eat ripe, fresh veggies raw instead of cooked. This Fresh Tomato & Sweet Bell Pepper Salsa is easy to prepare with no cooking or canning, packed with antioxidents, vitamins and is completely fat-free. The entire ingredients list is in the bowl …

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Where to Eat on Vancouver Island - Oceanside

August 11, 2015

I'm happy to be back again as a guest blogger with Food Bloggers of Canada as part of their 2015 cross-country restaurant round-up featuring great places to eat across Canada. When you're looking to really get into the food of a city or region, these overviews are a great way to catch of glimpse…

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Urban Garden 2015 and a 'Grate' Little Giveaway

July 6, 2015

It's finally summer here on the west coast, and we went straight to the hot and dry stage early this year. Lawns are brown and crispy and unfortunately there are forest fires burning from Saskatchewan all the way west to Vancouver Island. The only things getting watered these days at my house ar…

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